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CSEAS Announces New Director (2018-2022): Miriam Stark


Dr. Miriam Stark (Professor, UHM Department of Anthropology) will serve as the Direct of CSEAS beginning in August 2018.

I am happy to announce that Prof. Miriam Stark has been elected as the next Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies for 2018-22. I am confident that with her enthusiasm, dedication, and can-do attitude she will successfully lead the Center through the next four years. I look forward to continue working with the Center under her leadership.

— Dr. Kirstin Pauka, CSEAS Director

About Dr. Stark

miriam stark photoDr. Miriam Stark (Professor, Anthropology) joined the Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 1995, with archaeological field experience in the Philippines and Thailand. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan (1984), and her M.A. (1987) and PhD (1993) in Anthropology from the University of Arizona.

She teaches and advises UHM undergraduate and graduate students in Southeast Asian archaeology. In collaboration with Cambodia’s Royal University of Fine Arts (Phnom Penh), she began the co-directed Lower Mekong Archaeological Project (LOMAP) in 1996 to blend archaeological research and training in southern Cambodia. Her LOMAP field research from 1996-2009 involved advanced archaeological internships for graduates and undergraduate field training for Archaeology students from the Royal University of Fine Arts. She brought this training program with her when she joined the Greater Angkor Project in 2010, and used part of a 2007-2012 Luce Foundation institutional grant to bring Asian archaeologists to UHM for training.  Stark publishes peer-reviewed research regularly on political economy and state formation, and currently collaborates with colleagues in Cambodia, Australia and the US on three extramurally-funded Cambodian archaeological projects. She has served as journal editor for Asian Perspectives (2000-2006), Archaeology Associate Editor for American Anthropologist (2012-2016), and on seven journal editorial boards. From 2003-2007, she served on the Society for American Archaeology’s Board of Directors, and is currently an Executive Committee member of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association. She also serves on two committees for the Archaeological Institute of America. She has been on the Executive Committee of the UHM Center for Southeast Asian Studies for most of the last 20 years.